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  • Kita Inoru

    "Portrait of William Pitt, 1st Earl of Chatham" by Jean André Rouquet at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London - More commonly known as William Pitt the Elder (to distinguish him from his son William Pitt the Younger), this was the British Secretary of State during the Seven Years War and many victories have been attributed to his policies. This is why, for instance, when the British took Fort Duquesne from the French, they renamed it Fort Pitt - now the city of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

  • Stephenie Woolterton

    Enamel miniature portrait of William Pitt the Elder (1708-1778), probably painted in the 1740s.

  • Stephenie Woolterton

    Enamel miniature circa 1740s - Portrait of William Pitt (1708-1778), 1st Earl of Chatham

  • Linden

    painted miniatures in the collections of the Victoria & Albert Museum

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William Pitt, later known as "Pitt the Elder", painted by William Hoare in 1754. This was the year he married Lady Hester Grenville.

William Pitt portrait medallion at the Museum of London collections online.

Pitt's father, William Pitt the Elder, 1st Earl of Chatham (1708-78). Detail of portrait by Richard Brompton, 1772.

John Pitt, 2nd Earl of Chatham, by George Romney, scanned from 'House of Pitt' by Sir Tresham Lever (1947). This is the portrait on which Jacqui Reiter's excellent drawing is based ( It hangs, or used to hang, at Chevening, formerly the home of William Pitt's biographer Earl Stanhope.

  • Stephenie Woolterton

    John and William did look very similar, didn't they? Are there any portraits of Lady Harriot in Lever's book? I've yet to see it.

  • Independent Whig

    Stephenie Michelle: No, none of Harriot, nor of Hester. Plenty of other sundry Pitts though. I'd love to see this portrait in colour, but a quick online search didn't find it anywhere. With your investigative skills, you might have better luck!

  • Jacqui Reiter

    Ha ha! I found the eyes quite obvious. John and william did not have the same eyes at all. Harriot I've seen nothing of except the portrait in the Headlam book-- not very flattering but I think it shows she took strongly after the Grenvilles. I don't think I have seen any authoritatively attributed pictures of Hester, the closest being the one in the latest Hester Stanhope book. Jc obviously just in the Copley painting.

  • Independent Whig

    @Jacqui Reiter: Looking again at the portraits of John, I'd say his resemblance to Chatham is most obvious in the Hoppner. But the nose is a Grenville nose in all of them! Regarding Hester and Harriot, there's a pic of each on this board - are they the ones you've seen? Btw, I came across what I presume must be your Pitt family tree site today. Lovely picture of Hester Grenville! Will you be adding any more to it?

  • Jacqui Reiter

    Oh goodness, that ancient website? I really would take it down except I can't hack into my own account. :-/ yes, all those pictures are the ones I had seen. I've pinned all my pitt family portraits to my board now.

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Bust of William Pitt, 1st Earl of Chatham, by Joseph Wilton, c1766.

William Pitt the Younger (1759-1806) by George Romney in about 1783, when he was 23/4. Incredibly he was probably already a cabinet minister when this portrait was painted.

William 'the Younger' Pitt (1759-1806) The youngest Prime Minister of Great Britain. My cousin.

From the website: "William Pitt the Younger is dressed in a dark blue coat with brass buttons and a white neckcloth. He also has powdered hair. This portrait of the former Prime Minister is copied from a work by Gainsborough Dupont, the nephew of Thomas Gainsborough. It is one of numerous portraits of Pitt by Dupont, which are all thought to be based on an earlier, original, painted by Gainsborough himself. Gainsborough’s original work is now untraced." Go to the website - you can zoom right in!

William Wyndham Grenville, 1st Baron Grenville (1759-1834) by John Hoppner, 1800. Pitt's cousin and close ally, Grenville served as both Home Secretary and Foreign Secretary under him. He became Prime Minister for a short period after Pitt's death.

Unknown Big Wig! This portrait by an unknown artist of an unknown sitter should be dated by costume and style to c. 1715. Royal Collection © Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II

House of Cards. Jean Michel Liotard (Swiss, Geneva 1702–1796 Geneva) After François Boucher (French, Paris 1703–1770 Paris)

"John Montagu, 4th Earl of Sandwich" by George Townshend (1751-1758) at the National Portrait Gallery, London - I knew that George Townshend was a skilled caricaturist from looking at the various sketches he made of Major-General James Wolfe as one of his brigadier-generals in Quebec 1759. I should get to pinning some of those, by the way. But this is my first time seeing one of his earlier pieces - and they really are quite comical in their simplicity.